The C4GC Voter’s Guide
I arrived home one day last week to find a Guilford County Conservative Voter’s Guide attached to our front door. I didn’t pay it much attention at the time. Today, Al Bouldin, the Guilford County GOP Chairman was quoted at the N&R:
It has come to my attention that there are people at early voting locations telling voters that they are handing out “Republican Voter Guides”. The Republican Party does not endorse any candidates in the Primary. We are forbidden from endorsing one Republican candidate over another. These voter guides are simply the opinion of Political Action Committees. They in no way represent the endorsement of the Republican Party. As the Chairman of the Guilford County GOP, I highly recommend that voters do their own homework concerning the candidates and not rely on political action committees for recommendations. If you would like to learn more about Republican candidates running in the Primary, then go to http://www.guilfordcountygop.org and click on the candidates tab to go to the candidate web sites to learn more about their background, beliefs and how they stand on issues that you care about.
Good on Al for making the distinction, but the voter guide I have clearly states on both sides who published it. Now, I don’t know what they’re telling people as they give them out at the polls, as none of them was so unfortunate as to approach me when I voted last week. However, it seems to me that part of your responsibility as a citizen attempting to vote is to be aware of the candidates, their positions and who is endorsing them. If C4GC manages to find some voters too ignorant to realize C4GC is not in fact the GCGOP, then good for them.
Furthermore, should some of the candidates endorsed by C4GC win the primary, I am prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt and support them in the general election. My contention is that while C4GC is a dangerous cabal of ignorant racists, bigots, misogynists and hypocrites, the candidates they endorse are mere victims.